Buster Posey hits a two-run homer in the seventh inning through a thick mist, Tim Lincecum wins his third consecutive decision, and the Giants defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 for their fifth straight victory. Angel Pagan helps Lincecum by stealing an extra-base hit from Yasmani Grandal with a great catch at the wall in center field in the seventh.
Tough times continue for the A’s, who lose 6-1 at Houston and learn that outfielder Coco Crisp may not return this season because of a neck injury. The A’s have lost six of their past seven and 12 of 14 games, falling to 14 games under .500 for the first time since finishing the 2011 season 74-88.
Tommy Stewart scores a hat trick to lead Republic FC to a 4-2 win over the Sonoma County Sol in a U.S. Open Cup match at packed Bonney Field. Sacramento will play another amateur team, Chula Vista FC, in round three Wednesday at Bonney Field. Chula Vista upset the USL’s Arizona United SC 3-0.
LeBron James scores 31 points, yet it was J.R. Smith who really ignites Cleveland. Smith makes 8 of 12 three-pointers and adds 28 points in the Cavaliers’ 97-89 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. After sinking back-to-back threes in the third quarter, Smith turns toward the Atlanta fans and motions as if holstering his pistol.
Dysfunction always seems to follow the Raiders. An NFL official says Oakland continues to lag behind St. Louis and San Diego when it comes keeping their teams from relocating to Los Angeles. In fact, the drive to keep the Raiders in the East Bay seems to be going in the wrong direction.
Intrigue also always seems to follow the Raiders. Nowadays, most of it swirls around a bizarre potential stadium deal in Los Angeles with the San Diego Chargers. “You kind of expect that to be part of the ride,” says one longtime fan.
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